As the Greek Parliament prepared to vote on a new and  deeply unpopular European Union/International Monetary Fund austerity deal to secure a 130 billion euro bailout --  aimed at saving Greece from bankruptcy and what Prime Minister Lucas Papademos  warned would be "uncontrollable economic chaos" -- angry Athenians took to the streets, trashing business and putting at least 45 buildings to the torch.          Above, a fire engulfs a historic building that housed a pre-World War II   theater as clashes between protesters  and riot police flare near the Greek parliament in Athens on Feb. 12.   The  violent clashes, the worst Greece has seen in decades, caused significant damage in Athens after demonstrators set fire to buildings and looted   their way  through dozens of shops at the weekend. "We have tremendous damage," said Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis.

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       As the Greek Parliament prepared to vote on a new and  deeply unpopular European Union/International Monetary Fund austerity deal to secure a 130 billion euro bailout --  aimed at saving Greece from bankruptcy and what Prime Minister Lucas Papademos  warned would be "uncontrollable economic chaos" -- angry Athenians took to the streets, trashing business and putting at least 45 buildings to the torch.          Above, a fire engulfs a historic building that housed a pre-World War II   theater as clashes between protesters  and riot police flare near the Greek parliament in Athens on Feb. 12.   The  violent clashes, the worst Greece has seen in decades, caused significant damage in Athens after demonstrators set fire to buildings and looted   their way  through dozens of shops at the weekend. "We have tremendous damage," said Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis.

 

As the Greek Parliament prepared to vote on a new and deeply unpopular European Union/International Monetary Fund austerity deal to secure a 130 billion euro bailout -- aimed at saving Greece from bankruptcy and what Prime Minister Lucas Papademos warned would be "uncontrollable economic chaos" -- angry Athenians took to the streets, trashing business and putting at least 45 buildings to the torch.   

Above, a fire engulfs a historic building that housed a pre-World War II theater as clashes between protesters and riot police flare near the Greek parliament in Athens on Feb. 12. The violent clashes, the worst Greece has seen in decades, caused significant damage in Athens after demonstrators set fire to buildings and looted their way through dozens of shops at the weekend. "We have tremendous damage," said Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis.

Special police forces stood guard as firefighters put out  a blaze on Stadiou Street during the demonstration.

Special police forces stood guard as firefighters put out a blaze on Stadiou Street during the demonstration.

Protesters  clash with riot police outside of the Greek Parliament in Athens on Feb. 12. Some 170 people were reported injured and 70 were arrested during the clashes.

Protesters clash with riot police outside of the Greek Parliament in Athens on Feb. 12. Some 170 people were reported injured and 70 were arrested during the clashes.

     Demonstrators clash with police during the demonstration  against the new austerity measures in Syntagma Square on Feb. 12.       Vladimir Rys/Getty Images

 

Demonstrators clash with police during the demonstration against the new austerity measures in Syntagma Square on Feb. 12.

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Demonstrators gather  in Syntagma Square.

Demonstrators gather in Syntagma Square.

A lone man walks through the rubble of the burning square.

A lone man walks through the rubble of the burning square.

A building on Stadiou Street is engulfed in flames.

A building on Stadiou Street is engulfed in flames.

Demonstrators threw rocks and fire bombs at riot police as the protests turned violent.

Demonstrators threw rocks and fire bombs at riot police as the protests turned violent.

Demonstrators try to protect themselves from tear gas.

Demonstrators try to protect themselves from tear gas.

       A riot policeman is set ablaze by a gas bomb during  the clashes.

 

A riot policeman is set ablaze by a gas bomb during the clashes.

Thousands of demonstrators clashed with police as the Greek parliament prepared  to vote.

Thousands of demonstrators clashed with police as the Greek parliament prepared to vote.

A girl walks through a smoke-filled area in downtown Athens on Feb. 12.

A girl walks through a smoke-filled area in downtown Athens on Feb. 12.

A protester wearing a gas mask poses for a photograph  during clashes with riot police.

A protester wearing a gas mask poses for a photograph during clashes with riot police.

Thousands of protesters thronged the streets outside Parliament on Feb. 12.

Thousands of protesters thronged the streets outside Parliament on Feb. 12.

Firefighters attended to a burned out building on Feb. 13, the morning  after violent protests against the government's austerity plans.

Firefighters attended to a burned out building on Feb. 13, the morning after violent protests against the government's austerity plans.


Pedestrians walk by protest graffiti.

Pedestrians walk by protest graffiti.

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